Pipefitter Wins $8.2 Million in Asbestos Suit

A 73-year-old pipefitter from Texas City, Texas and his wife of more than 50 years were awarded $8.2 million in a lawsuit against two large corporations who he blames for his development of mesothelioma.

According to a press release by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Oliver D. Smith and his wife Peggy Ann received the award in Galveston District Court. It included $7.93 million in damages against Houston-based Union Carbide Corp. and Columbus, Ohio-based Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. Jurors also assessed $275,000 in punitive damages against Hexion.
“I’m very proud of our work on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” said lawyer Russell Budd. “These companies knowingly exposed Mr. Smith and workers like him to dangerous asbestos, which caused him to develop the cancer mesothelioma. While we can’t undo the harm they caused, we can hold them accountable.”

Smith was exposed to asbestos while working as a pipefitter throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Hexion owned the chemical plant where Mr. Smith worked from 1957-1964. Mr. Smith also worked at a Union Carbide facility.

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